Care and Feeding of a Mermaid

232381
Date
December 1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows how a young woman learns to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. Viewers see lessons in breath control, synchronized swimming, diet, modeling, announcing, and how to eat and drink underwater. Parts of a performance are shown. The film uses underwater photography.
Video Details
8:50; B&W; sound; V-8 BA009; S. 828

Beauty in the Deep

243138
Date
January 21, 1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film begins with a performance by the mermaids at Weeki Wachee. The narrator describes the control it takes for the performers to dive. There are also scenes of eating and drinking underwater.
Video Details
4:50; B&W; sound; V-125 AA211; S. 828

Littlest Mermaid

253300
Date
1964
Collection
Video
Description
In this film, a little girl learns how to do mermaid tricks at Weeki Wachee.
Video Details
6:55; color; sound; V-53 BA057; S. 828

Ross Allen Reptile Institute

232386
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Description
Ross Allen wrestles an alligator in the water. Seminoles play and work at Silver Springs. Francis Osceola wrestles an alligator on land. A woman wears a boa constrictor. A boy shops for a snake, and after rejecting an indigo snake, purchases another. Ross and his son Tom wrestle a 20-foot anaconda i...
Video Details
14:30; color; sound; V-86; CA167, S. 828

The Bathing Beach at Silver Springs

232456
Date
1961
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows the beach at Silver Springs, a group of high school girls performing synchronized swimming, and a busload of students from the University of Florida arriving to practice their water show. A film crew makes a Coca-Cola commercial showing a model drinking a Coke underwater. Then, a Jan...
Video Details
13:15; color; sound; V-95 BA157; S. 828

Mermaid Who Couldn't Swim

253319
Date
ca. 1964.
Collection
Video
Video Details
9:40; color; sound; V-103 BA070; S. 828
Description
This film tells the story of a girl applying to become a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. It shows behind-the-scenes situations. This particular girl supposedly cannot swim (except underwater). She learns to perform and reveals that she "can't swim," but it is okay and the film ends.

A DIP IN DIXIE

252986
Date
n.d.
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:30; b&w; sound; V-25 CA018; S. 828
Description
The Tarpon Club, the FSU Women's Swim Team, demonstrates synchronized swimming to minstrel show music and other tunes. Sponsored by FDC.

WAKULLA SPRINGS/FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

253611
Date
1950s
Collection
Video
Video Details
14:00; color; sound; V-36 WV-13
Description
This film begins by giving a brief history of Wakulla Springs. There are scenes at the spring of tourists, wildlife, archery, beauty contests, synchronized swimming and underwater photography. Produced by Florida Department of Natural Resources.

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY HISTORY (Part 5)

253112
Date
1980s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows construction on the stadium, women's and men's basketball, synchronized swimming and the dance department. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
21:00; color; some sound; V-127 CA256; S.1239

FLORIDA WATER SHOW

253123
Date
31-May-62
Collection
Video
Video Details
8:45; b&w; silent; V-226 BA335; S.828
Description
In this film, female swimmers demonstrate the graceful technique of synchronized swimming. One woman poses in a tiara and ruffled skirt. Before diving in, she removes her skirt but splashes around with her tiara in place. Several men perform fancy dives for an enthusiastic audience. There is also fo...

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY HISTORY (Part 7)

253114
Date
1980s
Collection
Video
Description
This film shows synchronized swimming, the Flying High Circus, theater, cheerleading, dance, views of campus, an interview with President Sliger and graduation ceremonies. Produced by WFSU-TV.
Video Details
22:00; color; some sound; V-134 CA258; S.1239

MIAMI BEACH STORY

253321
Date
1951
Collection
Video
Video Details
18:16; b&w; silent; V-247 CA038; S. 828
Description
This film has aerial shots of Hotel Row, street scenes, houses and vegetation. The scenes of Miami Beach are contrasted with a couple of snow scenes from up north. Winston Churchill and HRH The Duke of Windsor arrive. The film shows horse and dog racing and a montage of neon signs. Viewers see schoo...

TARPON CLUB SWIMMING AT WAKULLA SPRINGS

253556
Date
early 1940s
Collection
Video
Video Details
5:34; color; silent; V-159 WV-8
Description
Tarpon Club women sun and play Ping-Pong. There is a view from a tower showing a "glass house" on the boat dock. There are scenes of synchronized swimming from the tower, followed by scenes shot at water level. There is a view of the tower. Then, the camera pans out to bowl. There are more formation...

CYPRESS GARDENS- 25 YEARS

252967
Date
1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
16:35; b&w; silent; V-78 CA168; S. 828
Description
This film has a mixture of scenes shot over 25 years (until the early 1960s) at Cypress Gardens. It starts with a short comedy sequence. Then, American Indians dance around a group of ski stars on land and a skier greets a group of American Indians on a beach. Dick Pope drives a golf ball global aro...

WONDERFUL WORLD OF WATER SPORTS

253647
Date
Late 1960s
Collection
Video
Video Details
13:10; color; sound; V-106 CA015; S. 828
Description
This film describes swimming, sailing and skiing using footage of the ski show at the New York World's Fair. A short ski lesson is given at the World's Fair site. Then, surfers at Daytona are featured. Scuba diving is next and the divers see a mermaid from Weeki Wachee. When they get back to the boa...

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